What to Expect

What Happens during an Acupuncture Treatment?

First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. Then, he or she will examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition.

To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment bed while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.

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How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended.

For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.

The masseuse can identify which pathways are blocked and need pressure. A May 2013 study by the American Massage Therapy Association showed that regular massages can treat different serious illnesses like chronic low-back pain, cardiovascular problems and rheumatoid arthritis.